WordPress – Post & Page Screen Options

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In this video I’m going to show you how to edit your Screen Options for your Posts and Pages.

The Screen Options pull down tab is located in the upper right corner.  These options allow the you to decide what fields or modules are displayed on your screen.  Your screen may have different options depending on what plugins or theme you have installed.  It contains check boxes to show and hide different sections.  It may also contain the option to choose the number of items to display.  The reason behind having screen options is to give the user, (you) as much control as possible.  I go into more detail of what each option does in other videos in this series.  In this video I’ll give you a brief description that show up on the Posts and Pages.

Click on Screen Options.

Here we have the option to change what options we see for the list of blog posts.  By default, it shows all of these Columns: Author, Categories, Tags, Comments, and Date.  I usually leave these all checked, but feel free to remove any items you’re not interested in.

Under Pagination, we have the option to change how many items we see per page.  If I change any of the options on this page, I usually increase the number of items per page so that it will decrease the number of pages of posts.  I find this makes it easier to find my posts.

Under View Mode, the List View is what is set by default.  If you’d like to change it where you see an excerpt from each post, select the Excerpt View.  If you change this option or the number of items per page, you must click on the Apply button for the changes to take effect.  If you only un-check or check any of the Column boxes, the changes will save automatically.  You can change these preferences as you would like them.

Now if you click on a Post you will see different options.

Click on Screen Options.

The first four boxes I like to keep turned on.

The first box is Format.  This is where decide what format each of your posts should be displayed as.  Depending on what theme you are using will determine what formats you see.  For the majority of your posts you will use the Standard format.  If you’d like to learn more about the other formats, watch the Post Formats video.

This is what the Format box looks like.

Categories provide a helpful way to group related posts together, and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Categories also make it easier for people to find your content.  This module will allow you to create new and add categories to your posts.

This is what the Categories box looks like.

Tags provide a useful way to group related posts together and to quickly tell readers what a post is about. Tags also make it easier for people to find your content. Tags are similar to, but more specific than, categories. The use of tags is completely optional.  For more details on Categories and Tags, please watch that video.

This is what the Tags box looks like.

Posts and pages can have one featured image.  Themes and tools can use this image to enhance the presentation of your website.

This is what the Featured Image box looks like.

The Excerpt is an optional summary or description of a post; in short, a post summary.  Some themes will use this excerpt.  And if you don’t have any information in the excerpt box, it will take the first part of your post as the excerpt.  So if you want it to be something different than the first part of the post, you will want to add what you want in this box.  I will go into more detail about Excerpts in another video.

This is what the Excerpt box looks like.

Trackbacks and pingbacks are methods for alerting blogs.  In the Discussion Settings video, I showed you why and how to turn off this feature.  I recommend un-checking it on the Settings page, and here in the Screen Options.  For more detail watch the other video.

This is what the Send Trackbacks box looks like.

WordPress has the ability to allow post authors to assign custom fields to a post. These are for intermediate and advanced users.  Custom Fields are a form of meta-data that allows you to store arbitrary information with each WordPress post.  But in order to see this information show up on your website, you will need to add some code to your theme where you’d like the information to appear.  I will go over custom fields in more detail in another video.

This is what the Custom Fields box looks like.

The Discussion box allows you to turn off comments and trackbacks and pingbacks on this page.  If you have both of these settings turned off this box from showing up, uncheck this box.

Here’s what the Discussion box looks like.

The Comments option will show all the comments you have for that post and also give you the option to add a Comment.  If you have comments turned off, you can un-check this item.

Here’s what the Comments box looks like.

The slug is the user friendly and URL valid name of a post.  WordPress automatically generates post slugs from a post’s title.  However, it is not used in the URL until the post name permalinks are enabled.  If you’d like to change the slug name, you can do it in this box or next to Permalink below the title.   I go into this in more detail in another video.  I rarely keep this checked since it’s not often I need to change this option.

This is what the Slug box looks like.

The Author option allows you to change who is the author if the post.

This is what the Author box looks like.

If you’d like to have only one column you can select it here.  I personally like to have two columns so I leave the 2 columns checked.  I’ll change it to one column so you can see what it looks like.

I’m going to change it back to 2 columns so that I don’t have to scroll so much.

If you have this option checked, it will enable a scroll free full-height post editor.  This is a fairly new feature.  As you write, the height of the post editor would automatically adjust thus eliminating the need of the scroll bar.  Unchecking this option will disable the full-height editor functionality.  It will also remove the distraction-free functionality from the editor.

Click on Screen options to minimize these options.

I’ll now show you what the Screen Options look like on Pages.

Click on Screen Options.

These will be very similar to Posts.  You can hide the Author, Comments, or Date Columns.  You can also change the amount of Pages you’d like to display.  If you make any changes here, you need to click the Apply button to save the changes.

I’m not going to click on a Page so you can see the Options there.

Click on Screen Options.

The one new box item you will see with pages is Page Attributes.  This is where you can change the parents and templates, and to change the order of your pages.

Here’s what the Page Attributes box looks like.

That’s it for this video.  I’ll see you in the next one.

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